Evelyn Slone, AICP, LEED, AP
Hill Studio, Senior Fellow
Senior Fellow, Hill Studio - Roanoke, Virginia
Retired Director of Community Planning (2003-2017, Hill Studio)
Former Director of Planning, Building and Development (City of Roanoke, Virginia)
Over her 35-year career in local government and private practice, Evie has positively influenced the growth and livability of over 50 metropolitan and rural communities throughout Virginia and the Carolinas. During the last 15 years with Hill Studio, she directed the development of user-friendly, tailored comprehensive plans and downtown revitalization plans using hands-on, collaborative approaches to create illustrative, strategic plans that engage multiple partners for implementation. Each of these plans use asset-based planning methods to strengthen the community’s unique sense of place, guide future public investment, encourage public-private partnerships, and identify economic opportunities for growth and prosperity.
Downtown Economics, Principal
Chuck D'Aprix is one of North America's foremost experts on the economic revitalization of downtowns and traditional commercial districts. Called by one newspaper "a man of no small enthusiasms" and "indefatigable" by another, he has been a ground breaker and disrupter in the field of local economic development for three decades now. His approach to community revitalization is perhaps best summed up by former Vice President, Al Gore, who said, “Chuck D'Aprix is not tethered to the same old way of developing a local economy but is a man of new ideas and innovations — he is the type of person cities need."
Chuck has consulted in over 300 communities, spoken to countless professional organizations, advised governmental leaders, written for professional journals, appeared on radio/TV, and lectured college classes.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Neighborhood Resource Center in his Richmond, Virginia neighborhood. He serves on the Board of the Greater Fulton Business Association in Richmond and chairs the anti-litter program in the Greater Fulton neighborhood. He has been active in the American Planning Association, the National Main Street Center, The Congress for New Urbanism and CEOs for Cities.
Chuck holds a bachelor's degree from the College of Saint Rose; a master's degree from Syracuse University in journalism & communications; and a master's degree in Management from Lesley University.
BREAK-OUT SESSION SPEAKERS
Amanda G. Adams, AIA
CJMW Architecture, Architect
City of Lynchburg, Assistant Director of Economic Development
Lynchburg District VDOT, Transportation Planner
City of Lynchburg, Planner
Philipp Gabathuler, AICP
Region 2000 Local Government Council, Urban Planner
Entrepeneur & Developer
City of Lynchburg, Parking Manager
Tom Martin, AICP
City of Lynchburg's Department of Community Development, City Planner
Anne Leslie Nygaard, AICP
City of Lynchburg, Planner
Dorie D. Smiley
(Lynchburg) Academy Center of the Arts, Construction Liaison
Riverviews Artspace, Executive Director
James Stephen Talian, PE
City of Lynchburg's Department of Water Resources, Chief Engineer
Downtown Lynchburg Association, Development Coordinator